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Labour secures vote on ‘flawed’ universal credit roll-out

A least 25 Tory MPs are reportedly prepared to back Labour's call to pause the roll-out of universal credit.

Corbyn urges benefits rethink and end to 55p-a-minute helpline rate

Labour leader clashes with Theresa May over universal credit in first PMQs since party conferences.

Cruel benefits freeze will push ‘half a million more people into poverty’

UK government urged to scrap the controversial freeze to working-age benefits.

‘Work is not enough’: More than 2 MILLION Londoners living in poverty

Researchers say the depth of poverty faced by struggling Londoners is worsening, despite high employment.

Mental health cuts ‘leave staff facing violence and aggression’

Unison report reveals that more than two in five mental health workers have been attacked in the last year.

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month’s budget while council leaders attack failure to fix ‘broken’ housing market.

Single homeless people ‘trapped in a cycle of homelessness’, report says

Report by Crisis finds that many single homeless people are being denied access to social housing.

Universal credit rollout going ahead as planned, David Gauke suggests

Work and pensions secretary hinted there would be no implementation delays during appearance at Tory conference fringe event.

Theresa May faces backbench rebellion over universal credit roll-out

A dozen Tory MPs have signed a letter calling for a slow-down in the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Employers still discriminate against disabled people – it has to stop

Survey reveals disabled people apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search.

‘A national disgrace’: homelessness soars by more than 50% since 2009

Latest figures also show a rise in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation.

Tory welfare cuts ‘pushing people into poverty and homelessness’

Shelter Scotland says welfare changes 'directly threaten tenancies and risk pushing more people into homelessness'.

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

Report raised ‘very serious concerns’ with government over delay before first payment.

Single parents ‘paying the price’ for cruel Tory welfare policies, says charity

Charity warns accelerated Universal Credit roll-out will leave single parents and their families in severe financial debt.

Benefits assessor sanctioned for mocking disabled claimant

Alan Barham, who was dismissed by Capita after undercover footage emerged, given caution order by disciplinary panel.

Government welfare policy hampering efforts to tackle homelessness

Majority of councils and housing associations say Tory welfare policies are undermining their efforts to reduce homelessness.

Social workers blow the whistle on ‘unfair and unsafe’ adult care system

Survey shows that only 1 in 4 social workers feel England's adult social care system is 'fair and safe', due to devastating funding cuts.

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Why aren't people entitled to benefits claiming them?

DWP should declare a ‘Christmas truce’ on Universal Credit roll-out

Government must immediately pause the roll-out of Universal Credit "to prevent a human and political catastrophe", says Frank Field MP.

Universal credit a train wreck that must be stopped, Lib Dems say

Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman to call for next month’s rollout to be cancelled until overhaul takes place.

Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

Housing chiefs’ warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform.

DWP data proves Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’, say Labour

One in four Universal Credit claimants are waiting longer than six weeks to receive their first payment, while half have experienced rent arrears.

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